Christopher Nolan's movie theater essay

Christopher Nolan isn’t just a director of major motion pictures like The Dark Knight, Inception, and Interstellar. He’s also a passionate cinephile like a lot of you, and right now he’s worried about what the future of movie theaters will look like when the coronavirus pandemic has run its course. That’s why he’s written a passionate essay to studios, the government and moviegoers like you to do whatever you can to support movie theaters during and especially after these hard times. Read More »

The 92nd Academy Awards are almost upon us, and if there’s one certainty going into Oscar night, it’s that some worthy talent in some category will be overlooked in favor of a lesser talent. No nominee or winner is undeserving of recognition, but snubs are also an essential part of Oscar history and directors are not immune to them. In fact, some of the greatest directors of all time have gone their whole career without receiving a proper Best Director Oscar.

Film is fundamentally a collaborative medium, and we’re only a little over a month removed from a decade where the movie industry shifted to a more producer-controlled landscape in which IP-friendly tentpoles seemed to occupy all the best real estate. Yet the best directors, the ones with the most singular voice or vision, do tend to bolster the case for auteur theory, whereby a director can be considered a film’s primary author. With that in mind, here’s a roughly chronological look at ten great film authors eluded by the golden statuette for Best Director. With each name on this list, we’ll be seeking to answer three questions: who did they lose to (if they were ever nominated), what film or films should they have won for, and why, oh, why didn’t they ever win?

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Tenet budget

According to multiple reports, Warner Bros. is shelling out 205 million clams for Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet – and that’s not including all of the advertising money the studio will spend to get butts in seats for the film’s release. But $200 million isn’t what it used to be; though that may seem like a high budget, it’s no longer enough to put the film in the rarified company of the most expensive movies ever made.
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tarantino dunkirk

The denizens of Film Twitter aren’t the only folks out there ranking their best movies of the last decade. Quentin Tarantino decided to get in on the action as well, stopping by The Ringer’s Rewatchables podcast to sing the praises of Christopher Nolan‘s Dunkirk. Tarantino says that Nolan’s World War II epic is his number two movie of the decade – a revelation that seems to even surprise Tarantino himself.

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Sam Mendes and Christopher Nolan

If imitation is indeed the sincerest form of flattery, then there are a select few living filmmakers whose ears must burn on a regular basis. The frequency of imitation arguably heightens which directors truly are considered among the greatest, or at least the most influential, ever — not many directors would copy someone whose work isn’t up to par. One of the most remarkable cases of imitation comes courtesy of a director who, 20 years ago, burst onto the scene with a debut film that felt defiant and daring creatively. When he directed American Beauty, Sam Mendes felt like a fresh new voice in English-language cinema. Yet now, Mendes cannot help but make films that are heavily indebted to Christopher Nolan. Read More »

Tenet trailer breakdown

Christopher Nolan loves playing with time. Films like Inception and Dunkirk are both based around a ticking-clock timeline, and Memento runs in reverse order. And now he might be going all-in with a time travel movie. Maybe. After a theater-only teaser, the first Tenet trailer has arrived online, and as is usually the case with a Nolan movie, it’s mysterious as hell. But based on the enigmatic footage on display, it really looks like Nolan has made himself a time travel movie. Unless he hasn’t. Let’s take a closer look with a Tenet trailer breakdown.

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Tenet trailer

Christopher Nolan is back with Tenet, a big, mysterious action-thriller featuring John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. Like most Nolan projects, close to zero details have trickled out about the plot – and that’s just the way the filmmaker likes it. I’m sure if it were up to him, there wouldn’t be a single trailer for this film. For now, we’ll have to try to decipher what we’ve been given. Watch the Tenet trailer below.

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tenet first look

Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet has remained shrouded in secrecy, as most upcoming Nolan films do. But a trailer is imminent, along with an IMAX-only prologue. As a result, Nolan is finally opening up a little bit about his latest, which stars John David Washington, Robert Pattinson, Elizabeth Debicki, Dimple Kapadia, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Clémence Poésy, Michael Caine, and Kenneth Branagh. There’s a new Tenet first look that offers an image from the film, and it comes accompanied by a quote from Nolan talking about how this might be his most ambitious work to date.

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Tenet Imax prologue

The trend of Christopher Nolan movie prologue screenings continues with Tenet, Nolan’s latest secretive film. Similar to what happened with The Dark KnightThe Dark Knight Rises and Dunkirk, the opening sequence of Nolan’s new movie is headed to IMAX movie screens – in front of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. That’s bound to ensure the opening minutes of Nolan’s new movie are seen by a huge audience – but don’t expect the prologue to end up online.

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tenet cast

Yesterday, British actor Himesh Patel was just the star of Danny Boyle’s Beatles-inspired summer movie, Yesterday. Today, Patel is the latest addition to Christopher Nolan‘s Tenet cast. This guy’s star is clearly on the rise, but as you might expect, details about his role in Nolan’s new action film are being kept secret. Here’s what we do know about the movie so far. Read More »